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About Will Maupin's weekly. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1911-1912 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 18, 1912)
By this time the public is familiar with the new law which
requires newspapers to. make the facts about their business known
to all the world. Will Maupin s Weekly has undertaken to make
the statement required by law, but it has no hesitancy in declaring
its belief that the law is a piece of infernal impertinence, an inva
sion of the liberty of the press, a d d irridescent dream of men
gone bughouse on reform, and utterly useless to accomplish what
the f miners of the law profess to be their desire the protection
of the "dear pee-puL" There is no more reason why a newspaper
publishing: firm or corporation should make its business secrets
public, than that a mercantile firm should be compelled to publish
all of its business secrets.
Xot that this newspaper is unwilling to make known anything
and everything connected therewith. It has made affidavit to its
ownership, circulation, etc. It has absolutely nothing to conceaL
Rut if it is all right to make this editor and publisher give to the
public all the details of his business, why not make Miller & Paine,
tnd Rudge & Guenzel, and the A. D. Benway Co., and the Arm
strong Clothing Co.. and the American Savings Bank and Speier
& Simon come across with a statement as to thcirstockholders, the
volume of their business, the margin of, profit they make, their
earnings pet year, etc.?
Perhaps this newspaper did not tell enough about its business
and about its owner. If there is anything any reader wants to
know after we file this supplemental report, just ask us. Will M.
Maupin owns this newspaper. lie is a bit past forty-nine years old,
has a wife and six children, four cats, two bantam chickens, the
promise of a Collie dog and a tendency towards rheumatism and
dyspepsia. He shed most of his teeth some years ago, is slightly
gray but with no tendency to baldness, is registered as a demo
crat but votes as he jolly well pleases, writes the stuff for this
paper when he feels like it, dislikes to hustle out for advertising,
nd prefers a pipe to a cigar any day. He uses a Smith-Premier
typewriter that looks like it had gone through a war, wears spec
tacles, has a waist measure of just forty inches, wears a hat,
Xo. 7 shoes and modest hose. When he is feeling right he is five
feet eight and one-half inches tall, and about three inches shorter
when he is short financially, which is most of the time. He was
born in Missouri and proud of it, and prouder still of the fact
that he is now a Nebraskan. He values friends above money,
woald go a long ways out of his road to chase away a tear with
a smile, thinks he has got the finest bunch of kiddies in America
or anywhere else, knows his wife to be the best little woman in
the world, hates deceit, loves a good joke or a good story and
worries about nothing so long as he can keep a roof above the
heads of his family, clothes upon the back and food in the stom
achs of those depending upon him. He is a member of the First
Christian church, the son of a minister, the father of a banker,
the brother-in-law of a. railroad man, two lumbermen, a merchant,
a barber, a photographer and a telegraph operator. All this, of
course, is none of the blooming business of the general public, but
they have just as much right to insist on knowing these things
as they have to insist that the editor and publisher of this news
paper make public the facts about his business enterprise.
Abe Martin remarks: "I believe in th square deal myself,
but I also believe in lettin th deal go "round-" Which same is a
bit of philosophy which will appeal to the average man under ex
isting political conditions.
To those of us who know Richard I. Metcalfe there is nothing
t explain about his support of John II. Moorehead. Mr. Metcalfe
.Is supporting Moorehead for the reason that he is thoroughly con
vinced Morehead is the better man for the governorship. And the
judgment of "Dick" Metcalfe in such it matter is to be relied upon
elwavs. and everywhere. With these few remarks we dismiss the
subject of "Met's" support of John IL Morehead.
The Omaha Woman's Club has taken up a matter that should
W taken up by similar organizations in every other city of Ne
braska, namely, to learn more about the local manufacturing in
dustries and to boost for "goods made at home." That is a pro
gram well worth while, educationally, socially and financially. It
will educate the women in what-Nebraska is and may be; it will
tend to better social conditions by interesting omen in the working
conditions under which their sisters live; and it will nicrease tht
.nit put of Nebraska factories, thereby enlarging the avenues of
employment and making the volume of business greater. It is all
rijht now and then for the women God bless 'em to spend an
hour or two in possnig the impossible and scrutiag the inscrut
able, or in discussing the influence of Ibsen upon the molecular
forces of the human anatomy, but it is far better to devote the
time to studying social and economic conditions with a view to
making them better.. We commend the determination of the
Omaha Woman's dub to the club women of the state at large
It will benefit them vastly more than studying "the care of orien
tal rugs' and all that sort of thing.
Moses P. Kinkaid has decided to remain in the congressional
race, despite his health. It seems that a few "resrular republicans"
convinced Moses that after having fed at the public crib for ten
years he owed a little something to the "boys." We rejoice that
Moses saw it in that lisrht.
. Of course Mr. Roosevelt had nothing to say concerning the
proposed debate at Cleveland, Ohio, between himself and Mr.
liryan. Mr. Roosevelt fully realizes the difference between calling
a man a liar at long range and facing on the platform a man of
Mr. Bryan's mental calibre, therefore the Roosevelt program will
continue to be to hurl the epithet, pose as the one man standing
between the republic and ruin, and charge with treason all who
ment in their denunciations of single taxers. This sort of thing is
calculated to arouse the single tax advocates to renewed exertions,
for there is nothing that makes a good eause grow quite so rapidly
ss persecution. We know a native born Missourian, now a Ne
braskan and an ardent single taxer, who had no thought of taking
part in the Missouri campaign until he heard about the threats.
Now he is arranging to make a couple of "soap box" talks in
the old state, being fully prepared to take eare of himself men
tally and quite willing to undertake the task of defending himself
physically against men who are never brave save when running
in packs. He is unwilling to believe that Missonrians will refuse
to be shown "to the extent of actually assaulting those who under
take the task. " -
The republican national committee is doing some extensive
advertising in President Taft's behalf, but it is doubtful about its
being effective advertising. "Mr. Taft has done more to control
the trusts than any other preSdent," says the advertisements.
Which is, of course, just a plain, ordinary fabrication. A few more
trusts "controlled" as the oil and tobacco trusts have been "con
trolled" under the Taft administration, and we are "goners" for
sure. "You have Mr. Taft to thank for the postal savings bank."
declare the advertisements. Which is, of course, a silly eiaim and
wholly-without foundation in fact. We nave the postal savings
bank as a result of twenty years of agitation an agitation begun
while William Howard Taft as a public figure was yet an eventu
slitv of future time. "Credit Mr. Taft with a saving of sixty-five
million dollars a year!" shrieks the advertisements. Rats- Also
fudge and pooh-pooh, to say nothing of pish tush! Whatever
economy Mr. Taft may have effected in government expenditures,
he more than offset by his veto of tariff bills calculated to save
the people money ou what they wear and eat. After reading a
eries of the republican national committee's advertisements we
can explain their extravagant claims only upon the theory that
Chairman Hilles and Secretary Reynolds look upon the people as a
vast aggregation of nincompoops and mental asses.
More years ago than he cares to recall the editor of Will
Maupin s Weekjy was a "college man. For that reason he is
inclined to look leniently upon the college youth. But being a
enllesre youth or "college man as the sapient and adolescent
student seems to prefer is no excuse for hoodlum ism. The "col
lege nian" who descends, to that sort of things deserves to have
hs head broken by a club in the hands of some policeman, or a
merchant whose stock in trade is raided, just the same as any
other ton eh or thus.
The esteemed Lincoln Journal is always extremely independent
politically, and always in favor of electing the best men to public
c.inee. It is noticeable, however, that its independence alwavs
inclines to the republican ticket, and no matter what the make-up
of that ticket it invariably finds that the best men are thereon.
During our thirty years close reading of the esteemed Journal
we never found it opposing a republican candidate for state or
national office, or advocating the election of a democrat. It has
upon two occasions, we believe, opposed in a lukewarm way the
election of republicans to city- office. We are led to these ani
madversions by the Journal's recent remarks relative to the legis
lative tickets in Lancaster county. Personally we have littla choice
between the legislative candidates of the two parties, being assured
that the people will win no matter which ticket is elected. But
we would call the esteemed Journal's attention to the fact that
its chosen ticket contains not a bit better timber than the demo
cratic ticket. In this connection we would ask the esteemed Journal
if it has a candidate for the legislature on its ticket better fitted
by experience and first-hand knowledge of what the plain, wage
caraing voters of this county want and need than George F. Quick,
one of the democratic candidates. Mr. Quick has plied his trade
of carpenter in Lincoln for more than a quarter of a century.
Lacking in "polish," to be sure, and without other education than
that acquired in the public schools of a generation ago, Mr. Quick
is a graduate of the school of experience and has a fund of hard,
common sense upon which the taxpayers and wage" earners of this
county would do well to draw. While electing legislators to look
after insurance interests, and live stock interests, and railroad
interests, and banking interests, what's the matter with eletcing
a man like George Quick to look after another interest too often
neglected the interest of the men and women who make up the
big group of toil!
The Nebraska democratic platform talks straight to the point.
It differs from the other state platforms in that it is not a mass of
glittering generalities. It pledges the parry to needed -reforms.
and the democracy of Nebraska has made a record for keeping its
platform pledges. .
Nebraska now has three democratic congressmen and one demo
cratic senator. The indications are that she will have two demo
cratic senators and not less than five democratic congressmen
more likely six after March 4, 1913.
Wort! comes from northwestern Missouri that advocates of
the single tax are being threatened with bodily, harm if they un
dertake to make public speeches, farmers being particularly vehe-
NKBRASKANS BRANCHING OUT.
The newest and biggest "Snow White Bakery" of the Iten Bis
cuit company has just been completed at Oklahoma City and turned
out its first products this week. Manager O. H. Barmetler of the
Omaha plant spent the week at the new plant.
The original Iten plant is at Clinton, Iowa, where the Iten
family of cracker bakers acquired the art of producing quality
crackers. A few years ago the business was expanded by establish
ing a plant at Omaha. Its growth has been marvelous. The steady
increase of business required the erection of a great new plant in the
Nebraska metropolis, which was occupied on January 2, 1911. .
The new plant at Omaha had hardly gotten under way before
the Iten company was considering the erection of a third plant.
After careful consideration of all the numerous and varied elements
involved, Oklahoma City was selected.
The "Snow White Bakery" just completed at 'Oklahoma City
ranks with the three or four finest eraeker plants in the world. It
is second to none from the sanitary standpoint and has every
improved appliance that human ingenuity can devise.
The Oklahoma City plant occupies a thoroughly modern, fire
proof building of re-enforced concrete. It measures 140 by 150 feet
and has five stories and basement. A striking feature is the un
usual number of window lights, making it a "daylight" factory in
every sense of the word. There are exactly 10,069 window lights
in the building and they occupy eighty per cent of the wall space
area. The baking is done on the top floor. .
A complete equipment of the most modern machinery has
been installed. Four great white tile ovens were ready for oper
ation when the building was occupied, while the foundation-for four
more ovens had been put in. , The additonal ovens win be com
pleted at once, giving the plant a capacity of eight carloads of
crackers per day.
The Oklahoma City plant is under the management of Mr.
John Iten, who has been identified with the cracker baking industry
for many years and is credited with being one' of the ablest men
in that line. Both the Omaha and Oklahoma City "Snow
White Bakeries" were planned in their entirety by Mr. Iten and
built under his supervision.
And we do not say it
from force of habit, but
rather because it is the
exact truth. : . :
Try It and See
PodoIof Price Cloths
$10 to $25
and those $12.85 and
$15.00 Clothcraft guar
anteed all wool clothes
can't be beat. : :
WE SAVE YOU MONEY
10th z O Sta, Lincoln, Nsfcr.
Plan Delivery for Wyiiwjte.
- Wymcre A postof&ce inspector has
been looking over the city to deter
mine the advisability of installing free
city mall delivery in accordance -with
a bill recently passed in congress pro
viding for city mail delivery in small
towns as an experiment. Wrmore is
the first town in Nebraska to be con
sidered as this city is the first to
have pat in a petition asking for de
Dead at 102.
Seward Mrs! Susanna Parrish. aged
102 years and 2 months, died at ber
home here Saturday morning. She
was born in Ohio in 1810 and came to
Nebraska in 18S0. She was the
mother of seven children, three of
whom are still alive. She left twenty
seven grand-children and twenty
seven great grand-children. Mrs.
Parrish knew Abraham Lincoln and
Andrew Jackson. She was a great ad
mirer of William J. Bryan. She re
tained all her mental faculties wntfl
Will Save Much Fuel.
Extensive improvements which have
been in the course of construction all
summer at the state institution for
feeble minded at Beatrice are Bearing
completion. E. J. Schnrig. consulting
engineer for the state work, says that
the state win be able to make a big
saving in fuel cost. Last January the
coal bill for the institution was
The heating plant was old and had
been carelessly patched and tinkered
with until it was at a low point of ef
ficiency. There were many breaks in
the big pipe lines in the tunnels.
The members of the board of public
lands , and buildings and the officers
and nurses of the Nebraska ortho
pedic hospital have Issued invitations
for the graduation of Miss Louise
Corse, Miss -Myrtle Patterson. Miss
Blanche Robertson, Miss Esteue Law
ton, Miss Maude Jones, Miss Carrie
Lawton and Miss Mollie Grimsho from,
the training school for nurses, for
which exercises will be held at the
senate chamber in the eapitol bwild
ing. Monday evening. October 21.
Vivid verbal pic I me of the sgffth
parliament in action followed one an
other in an address by Prof. H W.
Caldwell of the American history de
partment in a recent university con
vocation. Mr. Caldwell has just re
turned from England, where he was
present at many of the Important
meetings of the "r,;h legislative
body during its past seasiom.
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